Burr & Forman Adds Immigration Partner in Atlanta

December 06, 2012

Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce that Anton F. Mertens has joined the firm as a partner in its Atlanta office.

 “Anton is well respected in the Atlanta legal and business communities for his outstanding commitment to client service and his exceptional legal talent”

-Erich Durlacher

An experienced immigration attorney, Mertens joins the firm from Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.

“Anton is well respected in the Atlanta legal and business communities for his outstanding commitment to client service and his exceptional legal talent,” said Erich N. Durlacher, managing partner of Burr & Forman’s Atlanta office. “His niche experience in immigration law boosts our Atlanta-based service offerings and supports the skilled immigration attorneys resident in other Burr & Forman offices throughout the Southeast.”

Burr & Forman’s growth over the last year has raised its firmwide attorney count to nearly 300 attorneys, up almost 20 percent in just 12 months. In October, the firm combined with Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady, P.A. in Tampa, Fla., bolstering its Southeastern footprint, and has added 50 attorneys since December 2011. Lateral hiring is a strategic investment for the firm. The opening of each office and the addition of seasoned attorneys like Mertens, are a direct result of feedback from clients.

Mertens counsels investors, managers, executives and technical personnel with immigration matters, including business and professional visas, labor certifications, immigrant visas, consular representation and citizenship for foreign executives, managers and professionals. He advises employers on compliance procedures regarding work eligibility under I-9 workplace compliance provisions of the federal law. His clients include international companies, technology firms, and U.S. subsidiaries of companies in a range of industries, including communications, technology and engineering, among others.

Mertens is a fellow of The Lawyers Foundation of Georgia and an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Atlanta Chapter, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Global Commerce Council, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the State Bar of Georgia’s Immigration Law Section, of which he is a former chair. Born in Brussels, Belgium, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Chapter of the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce. He is a frequent author and speaker on immigration-related issues. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Mercer University.



Legal Disclaimer:
No representation is made that the quality of services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

Featured Attorneys

send article

TESTIMONIALS

  • “A gentleman and a true trial attorney. He has a good way with the jury and comes across with sincerity and effectiveness.”

    -Chambers 2012

  • “As a client of Burr & Forman, I feel that my organization has excellent representation.  I have consulted with Amy Jordan and Bryance Metheny on numerous issues and have always found them both to be very responsive and to clarify legal matters or concerns with a sense of urgency. Specifically, Amy has handled our EEOC claims with the utmost attention to detail and has been the reason that we were successful in defending our EEOC claims with the level of success that we have had thus far.

    When we were being inundated with unemployment decisions favoring former employees, Bryance and Amy met with our Human Resources team to instruct us on the specifics of the section of law and we have had great success in turning our experience rating and saving our company a great deal in unemployment costs.  My organization relies heavily on the attorneys at Burr & Forman to provide legal advice as it relates to our strategic initiatives and to decrease our liability as an employer.”

    -Catherine Houston, Director of Human Resources, CLP Corporation

  • “Excellent, with a strong reputation. He is very focused and enjoyable to work with.”

    -Chambers 2012

  • “Outstanding…"

    -Chambers 2012

  • “Probably the smartest human being to whom I can honestly refer to as a friend. His practice covers securities, banks, investment banking transactions, anything remotely financially related, personal financial investments as well. He is just smart as hell and has a mastery of a fairly wide array of disciplines which is a little unusual. He has the mental capacity to go beyond that. He is also one of the first guys I call.”

    -Chambers 2012